How Trudeau’s censorship law will impact you

Bill C-11 is terrible news for Canadians, creators and consumers alike

How Trudeau’s censorship law will impact youPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking Canada on a headfirst dive toward government censorship, with the Senate the only obstacle standing between Canadians and the vast ocean of government control. As Trudeau’s censorship law makes its way to the Senate, the stakes are high. Calling Bill C-11 a censorship bill is not hyperbole. “Bill C-11…

The Trudeau government is on a quest for censorship

Beware mission creep: today, promoting Canadian content; tomorrow, controlling how you think

The Trudeau government is on a quest for censorshipSign first; then we’ll discuss the details. Nobody would trust a real estate agent or used car dealership with that approach, but that’s how the Trudeau government is trying to sell its plan to regulate the internet. The government is trying to rush new censorship legislation through Parliament at lightning speed. Through Bill C-11, the…

Censorship déjà vu on Parliament Hill

With Bill C-11, the government is simply farming out its dirty work to the CRTC

Censorship déjà vu on Parliament HillBuried in a news cycle dominated by former Conservative leader Erin O’Toole’s sacking and honking truckers, Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez unveiled the government’s replacement for Bill C-10. That bill died in a storm of controversy when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called last September’s election. At this moment of peak distraction, Rodriguez decided to revive it.…

A school board’s preposterous censoring of a Nobel laureate

No one believes the decision to cancel two prominent women from speaking was a simple misunderstanding

A school board’s preposterous censoring of a Nobel laureateCanada has experienced some strange episodes of late when it comes to free speech. Two recent decisions on the education front are real doozies, however. The Toronto District School Board cancelled two book club events involving prominent, well-respected female leaders from ethnic backgrounds. Why? For fear and concern (completely unfounded, mind you) that these talks…

Trudeau government needs to usher in a censorship reset

The government needs to rethink its heavy-handed approach to internet regulation

Trudeau government needs to usher in a censorship resetRarely, in the history of Confederation, have so many, from so many points on the political spectrum, been so unified in opposition to one specific policy. Before the last election, the Trudeau government’s proposed internet regulations provoked opposition from journalists, academics, civil liberties groups, women’s advocacy organizations, librarians, privacy experts, research think tanks, concerned citizens…

Ottawa’s plan to censor the internet is doomed

A threat to Canadians' Charter rights

Ottawa’s plan to censor the internet is doomedThe Trudeau government recently held a public consultation – during an election campaign, no less – regarding its proposal to address what it describes as “Internet harms.” The Liberal Party’s election platform promised to introduce legislation to deal with said harms within its first 100 days in office. The government’s proposal lays out – very…

Social media flexes its censorship muscles

Increasing tendency towards censorship is losing them some users

Social media flexes its censorship musclesFacebook, Google and Twitter have enjoyed market dominance for more than a decade. And their increasing tendency towards censorship has lost them some users. Although censorship isn’t welcome, it has given social media a chance to reinvent itself out of near-monopolistic dominance. Ironically, the first loser in the info wars was Alex Jones. Accounts for…

Freedom of the press? Not in an era of internet censorship

Freedom of the press will diminish as long as the new culture of controlling online content persists

Freedom of the press? Not in an era of internet censorshipIn November, the winner of the first Canada-United Kingdom Media Freedom Award was announced by government representatives. The prize is designed to promote free press globally and encourage other nations to improve security for reporters. It was awarded to the Belarusian Association of Journalists. The association from Minsk has won several awards for its work…

CRTC overreaching with its proposed internet regulations

The goal is less about the interests of consumers and more about funnelling money to special interest groups

CRTC overreaching with its proposed internet regulationsWere the consequences not so serious, Canada’s chaotic venture into the regulation of content on the Web might be consigned to the realm of thigh-slapping farce. The government’s goal, it was learned last week, will be to focus programming funding on the needs of ethnic, racial, language and sexual identities in a fashion so ill-defined…

Good Seuss, bad Seuss, less Seuss, no Seuss?

Ignoring, desensitizing or eliminating history is the wrong approach. Learning, engaging and explaining will have a more positive effect

Good Seuss, bad Seuss, less Seuss, no Seuss?Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel was one of the world’s most influential authors of children’s literature. The talented political cartoonist, illustrator and poet released over 60 memorable and beloved tales. Those tales included The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Green Eggs and…